Nov 25, 2012 10:00am PST
. >>> in his four-day visit to southeast asia, president obama became the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, or burma. the president urged the new civilian government to continue its steps toward democracy. he also specifically called for more religious freedom. on a stop in thailand, the president visited bangkok's famous temple of the reclining buddha. he told monks there he needed prayers for help in his dealings with congress back home. >>> and heret home, those lawmake are negotiating with the administration over how to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" looming at the end of the year. this week, a group of christian leaders urged congress and the president not to cut anti-poverty programs as they struggle to reach a deal. in an open letter, the leaders said "we pray during this season, in which we give thanks and offer gifts, that you will advance policies that protect the poor, not ones that make them poorer." >>> meanwhile, a prominent christian advocacy group said while some progress has been made in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide, much more needs to be done. in its annual r
Nov 18, 2012 10:00am PST
. >> welcome, i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. a week after the presidential election, the u.s. catholic bishops vowed to remain active on several hot-button issues, including gay marriage, which, despite the bishops' opposition, was legalized by voters in three states. at their annual fall meeting in baltimore, the bishops also voted down a statement on poverty and the economy. those opposed argued it was not strong enough and failed to significantly highlight church teachings on social justice. meanwhile, the bishops voted unanimously to push for sainthood for dorothy day, co-founder of the catholic worker movent. day died in 80. she spearheaded a nationwide effort to help the poor and homeless. >>> according to new figures from the census bureau, more than 49 million americans, close to one in six, lived in poverty last year. that number reflects a new approach to calculating poverty that takes into account money spent on healthcare, childcare and other living expenses. it also factors in government aid such as food stamps and tax credits. the new model does not replace the
Nov 4, 2012 10:00am PST
of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops, offered benedictions at both the democratic and republican conventions. for months, the bishops have led a vigorous campaign against the obama administration's policy mandating that employers, including many religious employers, offer free coverage of contraceptive services to their employees. the bishops accuse the obama administration of violating religious liberty. it's unclear how much those efforts have changed any opinions among voters. polls show catholics remain deeply divided, and that could be especially important in battleground states such as ohio, pennsylvania and florida. while much of the focus has been on the economy, green says here at the end of the campaign, other social issues may play an important role. >> there's some strong incentives for the parties to reach out for secondary issues. issues like women's rights, religious liberty, the environment, foreign policy. because if voters are evenly divided on their most salient issue, the economy, they're going to make their decision perhaps on some of these secondary issues.
Nov 11, 2012 10:00am PST
reform. he and cardinal dolan, who is the president of the u.s. bishops conference, once actually had a very friendly relationship. instead they now, you hear bishops very vehemently condemning president obama through out the election for his policies, saying he's dangerous for the country and dangerous for religious freedom itself. it's not at all clear how they're going to work together going forward. one of the other problems that the bishops have is that when they went to republicans who appeared to be more sympathetic and open to their situation, or their argument on the religious liberty question, ultimately did not do anything for them and dropped the issue. >> and there's some interesting, also i think, tensions within th laity, the catholic community that we saw come out in this election. i mean, we saw outside catholic players on both sides. the bishops were very active especially highlighting issues of religious freedom, abortion, marriage, traditional marriage. you also saw the nuns on the bus and people from the more progressive end in the catholic church, raising issues